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How to Decoupage a Plastic Parsons Table

by Cyndee Kromminga

The Parsons table is a versatile and inexpensive end table. The table complements most decorating styles, and if it doesn't suit yours, give it a facelift. Decoupage a plastic Parsons table using papers with big prints that coordinate with your room's decor. Decoupage, a technique similar to wallpapering, is usually done with smaller paper sizes. You can decoupage on most hard surfaces using papers you purchase, or recycle decorative papers saved from special occasions or other home decor projects.

Sand the top of the table lightly to give the surface a tooth. Wipe off the sanding dust with a clean, dry rag.

Mask off the legs and the side edges of the Parsons table using tape and newspaper. Spray-paint the top of the table with a tinted primer of your choice. The paint helps your decoupaged pieces adhere to the plastic surface and provides a background color for your designs.

Choose gift-wrap, wallpaper or decorative scrapbook paper with large designs such as flowers, birds and houses. Cut out the designs you would like for your decoupaged tabletop using scissors.

Place the cut designs in a pleasing arrangement on the tabletop. Pick up one design and place it back-side-up on a sheet of waxed paper. Apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the back using a paintbrush. Replace the design on the table and smooth it out with your fingers. Roll over the top of the design using a brayer or rolling pin to press out wrinkles and bubbles. Repeat with the remaining designs. Allow the designs to set for approximately 15 minutes after you apply the last one.

Apply a layer of decoupage medium over the entire surface of the tabletop. Allow the medium to dry. Note: The medium is white when applied, but dries clear.

Spray the decoupaged surface using a clear acrylic sealer. Repeat with two or three more coats for a durable, washable surface. Allow the sealer to dry completely between each coat.

Remove the masking tape and newspaper.

Items you will need

  • Plastic Parsons table
  • Sandpaper
  • Clean, dry rag
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Tinted primer spray
  • Gift wrap, wallpaper or decorative scrapbook papers
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Decoupage medium
  • Paintbrush
  • Brayer or rolling pin
  • Clear acrylic sealer spray


  • Sand and prime the entire table if you wish to change the color of the whole table. You do not need to mask off the table sides.


  • Work in a well-ventilated area while spray painting such as an open garage.

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.

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